Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Here I Am

Hi everyone.

First, I want to thank all of you sooo much for the messages, caring thoughts, prayers and well wishes! I have really not been feeling well at all and you'll never know how much your kind words have helped.

I went to the doctor Tuesday and then onto the hospital for a CAT Scan. I had done a lot of research about my symptoms before the appointment and had a feeling as to what it was. It seems I was right and I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis. It happens when pouches form in the wall of the colon. If these pouches get inflamed or infected, it is called diverticulitis. It is quite painful on the left, lower side of the abdomen. So, I am on antibiotics, will be on a liquid-only diet for two days, then I am to slowly introduce more and more fiber into my diet.

This is actually good news. I was quite nervous. When you have pain like that and it doesn't go away, I think it's only natural to think the worst. So I'm very happy that it's something that is easily treated and taken care of. I won't be going to work the rest of this week because I'm not suppose to lift anything for awhile and l still will not be online much because it's most painful when I'm in a sitting position. As soon as the infection clears up and the pain subsides, I will be back at it. (Doctor says hopefully by Friday sometime.) I have missed crafting and miss all of you VERY MUCH!

Thanks again to everyone! I am very lucky to be a part of such a caring group of wonderful blogging and Flickr buddies! And to those of you going to Scrapfest, I'll see you there!! Nothing will stop me from being there. . .nothing!!! :)

38 comments:

Suzanne C said...

Barb so glad it is easily treated. Sending parayers and hugs to a speedy recovery.

mimijudy1975 said...

This is good news ,Barb. I know you are so relieved. I was hoping your appointment was yesterday . Now,you can rest ,take your medicine, and look forward to feeling better soon. Really,a liquid diet isn't bad, think "milk shakes" !
Take care .I'm thanking God right now.

Joy said...

I am so pleased to hear that this will be treatable for you Barb, I hope that you mend quickly and that you never get that pain ever again..

Sending you lots and lots of well wishes my friend..

Big hugs

Debbie said...

So glad you have an answer and it is not the "worst". I think it is natural for your mind to wander there. Glad you are feeling a little better and hope you are 100% soon!!

Kathy said...

Oh wonderful that is something easy to treat, but so sorry you're in pain and not able to be "with us". I know what you mean about being worried and nervous ;I've been through several "scares" this year with migraines and female issues. Get better!
hugs,

Sue said...

Well I am pleased to hear that you are okay Barb. Diverticulitis is not pleasant, it is more a nuisance than anything else, you will have to watch your weight as it is very easy to loose pounds with this problem, and although we strive to keep the inches off I don't think you can afford to loose any to start with!
Keep eating the porridge!
Smiles:)

cheiron said...

Barb, so glad that you found out what it was. Hope you are feeling all better soon!

Virginia L. said...

SO relieved that you've got the diagnosis and are on the mend, Barb! I hope you continue to take it easy and will be on full recovery by the weekend! I'm thinking of you, my friend!

Brenda said...

Phew, great news! So glad that it's something that is easily treated Barb! Just rest up, "drink" a lot of food, and cannot wait to see you crafting again! Lots of hugs, Brenda.

Stamp In Style (Suze) said...

Great News! ... I've been away from my computer for a few days so have only just seen your post ... Pleased to hear you're on the mend ... have a good rest and we'll see you again soon! Take care.
Hugs
Suze x

Tanya said...

Barb, so glad you will be feeling better in a few days! I know it is a relief to know for sure and have an end in sight. My husband has this, and has had a few attacks so I know how painful they are. We have researched a lot and changed our diet to help keep the attacks away. Also have to make sure he drinks enough fluids during the day! Get some rest and look forward to seeing your creations again soon!

MarcyK924 said...

Barb, this is such a relief! I have it and have kept it abated for 20 years now! Yes, you have to remember to keep drinking liquids. That is key. I do miss a good everything bagel now and then! I guess I can save the card I made for you last night - that's a GOOD thing!! Be well sweetie. xoxo

maryse n. said...

Happy to hear you are being treated and that you should be feeling better soon. It must have been scary not knowing what was wrong.

CinnamonSally said...

So pleased to hear you will be OK soon and back crafting. We all miss you Barb, make sure you follow the doctors orders.
Hugs
Sally

Nancy said...

So sorry you're still in pain but happy to hear that it will be gone soon. I'm glad that the docs found the problem and that it is easily treatable. Praise God for answered prayer! Looking forward to seeing you in our interweb community again really soon, sweet friend! Take care!

Rosemary said...

so very glad to hear that you have a diagnosis and that the problem is easy to treat. wishing you a speedy recovery, barb!

Kathy (krolski) said...

I'm so glad to hear they figured it out and it's easy to treat. I hope you feel so much better soon! You made me laugh about Scrapfest. ha!

pcm said...

glad that you are going to be okay :)

sideoats + scribbles said...

Oh Barb! So happy that you have it figured out and that you're on the mend! My Gran had that and it was really scary at first when she didn't know what it was. She couldn't eat seeds tho -- especially strawberries! -- and that was really hard on her.

Big HUGE hugs to you, my sweet friend! :)

Pam W Merwin said...

So glad you have been diagnosed so that you could get started on some meds!!!! Thank God for medicine. Hope it will not be long before you are well again - prayers for you!!!!

Donna Bowman said...

So glad to hear you've figured out what the problem was and are now getting it treated Barb!! I'm sure you'll feel better very soon!! I've been thinking about you and miss seeing your lovely creations :)

Maureen Morton said...

Dear Doctor Barb: Thank goodness that you went for car as soon as possible. I have ben thinking of you so much and sending my best wishes. I don't have computer access this week, but I went to the library just to check in. Know it isn't fun, but at least it is fixable. But even those high doses of antibiotics aren't fun. I will keep you in my best thoughts and prayers. xox

Lynn said...

Barb, I am so thankful the doctor had an answer for you! Sending lots of healing thoughts your way for a quick recovery. Both my mom and brother have had divert...(can't spell it!) too and are careful what they eat to make sure it doesn't recur. Missing your craftiness but am so glad you're starting to feel better.

dustypenny (Joy) said...

Big hugs, Barb.

GrammySue's Creations said...

Hi Barb, I hope that you are feeling better and that your doctor was able to tell you what is wrong. I haven't been blogging much and did not realize that you have been ill. Rest as much as you can and my prayers are with you. Take care and God bless. Hugs to you.

Dawn said...

Barb... so pleased it is not too serious... still bad enough. Take it easy my friend. At least knowing what is causing the pain means you can make the adjustments necessary to fix it. Hugs to you

Tracey said...

Oh Barb sweetie....so sorry to hear you are suffering...but it is so good to have a diagnosis that is treatable!! Sending healing thoughts your way!!! HUGS T

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Oh Barb!!! Sooooo glad that you were diagnosed and that this will go away! PHEW! Only a couple more days sweets... hugs...

Simone said...

Barb I am so glad to hear that it is something treatable! Im sorry you are in pain but I'm so happy that you will feel better in no time. Thinking of you and sending you big hugs

Jacqueline said...

Sending hugs your way for a speedy recovery Barb!

walchowDesign said...

So glad to hear that nothing is serious, Barb! Wishing you speedy recovery and have lots of rest!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Barb I am thinking of you and sending speedy recovery wishes! Hugs!

jintyoo7 said...

I'm so glad the pain isn't anything too, too serious and send you lots of well wishes so that you can soon be sitting crafting! xx

Trinh said...

So glad it's treatable, Barb! I was worried you would not make it to Scrapfest. So happy we will get to meet in 5 days!!!

donna mikasa said...

Oh, Barb, I'm so sorry to hear about your condition. I know how painful that can be and I'm hoping by now you're on your way to a full recovery--and Scrapfest, too! Take good care, sweetie!

78thistles said...

I'm only just seeing this post tonight Barb. I'm so sorry to here that you weren't feeling well. So nice to hear that it is something that can be treated and that it sounds like you're on the mend.
Take care ;-)
~lisa

CanadianScraps43 said...

So happy that you found out what the problem was and that your starting to feel much better. Take care of yourself sweetie and we will be waiting for you.

ivy said...

so glad to hear you found out what was causing the pain and that it can be treatable with better diet and antibiotics!
have a great time at scrapfest....and say hi to all the flickr gals for me!